Migrants stranded as transport costs to neighbouring countries skyrocket
Homesick workers are forced to spend second Christmas away from home thanks to high fees and restrictions
A cacophony of engines and hooting drowns out the marshals controlling traffic inside the long-distance bus rank in Newtown, Johannesburg. Among others, there are buses to Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi.
The marshals are controlling the vehicles coming to drop off items that will get into the buses and sent back home. One of the people who were there to drop off items is a domestic worker, Maria Ndlovu from Zimbabwe.
She will spend a second Christmas away from her family. Last year she couldn’t afford the high transport costs as bus fares were higher than usual due to loading restrictions on long-distance public transport. That, and that she was not sure whether borders would be open when she returned, led her to not go home for the festive season...